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Zapata Falls

Mosca, CO
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The road to the falls was quite rugged and I wouldn't try it in a low vehicle. There is a bit of a... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2017
Denton, Texas
via mobile

Near Sand Dunes National Park is a lovely hiking trails up to a waterfall. The hike and falls are... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
Memphis, Tennessee
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“rough road” (25 reviews)
“sand dunes” (47 reviews)
“short hike” (28 reviews)
Mosca, CO
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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

The road to the falls was quite rugged and I wouldn't try it in a low vehicle. There is a bit of a hike before you get to the falls but it is worth it. The water is ICE COLD and you will have to...More

Thank Carly1019
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

Near Sand Dunes National Park is a lovely hiking trails up to a waterfall. The hike and falls are great, however, the road up to the trailhead is in terrible condition. You need a high clearance vehicle or you will tear up the suspension.

Thank CatherineG1605
Reviewed 14 June 2017

After you turn off of the main highway onto the road going to Great Sand Dunes National Park start looking for the sign on the right. It's not far and if you get to the Park entrance gate, then you went too far. The road...More

Thank ParkDreamer
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Our front-wheel drive sedans made it up to the campsite, it was just slow going. Once we got there, it was a quick walk to the waterfall. Be prepared to get your feet wet to see the waterfall inside the cave, it can be slippery...More

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Steep but short hike up to the creek. We were there when spring runoff was at its peak; very few people attempted to navigate the water to actually see the falls as it was 2-3 feet deep & flowing very quickly. I can see from...More

Thank Rasl B
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This was a beautiful home however you have to drive up a very very. Rocky road to get there. Don't do it in a passenger car. You should use an off road vehicle. You also have to traverse through the ice cold river to get...More

Thank Cowgirlxoxo
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Plan if you have a 4x4 truck, Jeep or SUV with a high clearance. We did see a few cars driving up the mountain taking it slow, since it's a bumpy ride. The road is similar to driving over a dry river bed. It is...More

Thank LilMonkeysTravel
Reviewed 30 May 2017

The road is rocky but I saw many regular cars in the parking lot that had survived the trip. The road is wide and not harrowing as far as curves. There is a large parking lot which has a great view of the dunes and...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 29 May 2017

Took about an hour overall to do up and back and we did it with our 7 year old. Its 3 miles of rough road to get there and then a very short 1/2 mile hike that my kid did in flip flops very easily....More

1  Thank isthatyourdog
Reviewed 28 May 2017

The drive up to the parking area is certainly teeth-chattering. We drove it in a Suburban, but there were many small cars making the trek as well without any problem. It's not particularly steep and there are no large obstacles, just a very rough, unpaved...More

1  Thank DanTrav9
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Johnny L
19 June 2017|
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
I went in March and the waterfall inside was nearly all frozen. Once inside the cave, the ice is very slippery. I'm assuming as summer progresses, the ice thins out.
Richard T
11 June 2017|
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Response from magdabruna | Reviewed this property |
yep! ride slow but worth the small bad road trip :)
5 May 2017|
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Response from magdabruna | Reviewed this property |
Yes sure We drove an SUV perfect up to the parking for he falls